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How to check to see if gas stove has been converted to propane

This is an older stove I bought at an auction for our hunting camp. It's a Caloric RLS343. I can see that it is marked on the label that it was set in the factory for natural gas. I was wondering if there was any way for me to check to see if it had been converted to propane already? I have tried to find some info on the net about converting stoves to propane, and was wondering if this model was one I could do myself. It has a little square regulator under the lid. But I couldn't see anywhere where you could adjust it. Maybe it needs to be replaced? Any input would be great.

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The only thing you can do is look for a little (usually gold) nozzle connected to the orfice

propane burns blue and natural gas has the yellow tint to it

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If you cannot locate the spare orifices/spud/nozzles (they are called all of these) on the stove itself you will need to buy a set. A good appliance parts store will be able to help you with these.. again.. you will need one for each burner/burner supply.

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